SHAMOKIN — Shamokin City Council unanimously approved Monday night a Legacy Park project on Market Street in front of Independence Fire Company that will be conducted and paid for by Shamokin Carbons to honor a longtime employee.
Jason Soucy, chief financial officer for Shamokin Carbons that was formerly Shamokin Filler Co., made a presentation to council and the public about the park that will honor Ann Koshinski, who has worked at the business for more than 60 years. Koshinski also is well known as a longtime aerobics instructor at the Lawton Shroyer Memorial Swimming Pool.
The park will be located in a plot of land on Market Street where a monument to Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Stanley Coveleski sits. The project involves moving the monument back to make it more visible and installing shrubbery, wood end grain pavers, concrete benches including one symbolizing strip mining and planters.
Soucy said he’s hoping to have the park work done by Memorial Day weekend, but couldn’t guarantee that target date.
Voting to approve the expansion of the park were Mayor John Brown and council members Barbara Moyer, Charlie Verano, Dan McGaw and Scott Roughton.
Council authorized Citizens for a Better Community to place the former Eagle Silk Mill bell on Lincoln Street not far from where the silk mill eagle sits. A fence will be erected around the bell.
Former mayor William Milbrand said he believes the bell would be vandalized on Lincoln Street and recommended installing it on top of the Mill Road Square complex in the 500 block of North Franklin Street, where the police station and a few businesses are located. Milbrand claimed the bell would be safer on top of the building and better appreciated by residents, especially those who worked at the Eagle Silk Mill.
Milbrand also suggested making the bell operable again.
Resident Raymond Gerry Splane agreed with Milbrand about placing the bell on top of Mill Road Square for safety reasons.
Brown, a retired Shamokin police chief, commended Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III and his entire force for the dedication and professionalism they displayed in handling a recent murder in the 400 block of North Rock Street and police standoff at an apartment in the 100 block of East Sunbury Street involving gunfire being exchanged.
Tobias also praised his men, state police and all the officers and law enforcement officials from neighboring communities and the county who assisted at the scene of the murder and standoff.
Brown and Tobias said they are proud of all the personnel who prevented what could have been another tragedy.
Jeff Hager was sworn in by Brown as the new city emergency management coordinator.
McGaw announced the city will hold an Easter egg hunt for the first time in many years at Claude Kehler Community Park at Third and Arch streets at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24. The hunt will be for children up to the age of 10.
McGaw reported vandals recently caused $700 in damage to a door at the park.
Council awarded a contract for $20,000 to Ferdinand Diminick Contracting to demolish 101-103 N. Second St. Bids also were received from Affordable Construction and Demolition ($20,812) and Northeast Industrial Services ($47,440).
Council sold a piece of ground including a walkway near the former Washington School on Sunbury Street to Eric Noll for $750.
Council entered into an agreement with SUNS P.E.T.S. Organization for a spay and neuter clinic in an attempt to control the cat population.
Council granted permission for a flower tent to be placed on the city’s Third Street lot and approved the use of Claude Kehler Community Park for a fund-raising event by Shamokin Area Band and Orchestra Boosers on June 30.
West End Fire Company was authorized to hold its annual block party June 1 and June 2.
Verano said the city street sweeper will begin running Monday, April 2, and will run daily throughout the month of April. The sweeper will begin operating alternately during the second and fourth full weeks of the month in May.
Warning tickets will be issued April 23 to April 27 and motorists will be cited starting April 30.
Verano said extra streets will be posted each day with temporary no parking signs. Vehicles must be moved by 8 a.m. for the sweeper.
The code enforcement office generated $28,376.47 in revenue in February.
The following is a breakdown of the monthly code enforcement report:
Code tickets, 63; citations, 64; fire calls, two; police calls, one; warnings, 16; miles, 321; landlord inspections, six; complaints, 28, and property visits, 83.
Milbrand offered to serve on the Shamokin Redevelopment Authority and said the city needs to do a better job collecting delinquent taxes.
Splane complained about dumpsters and vehicles on sidewalks and having to file a Right-To-Know request for information regarding zoning variances and permits for several properties.
Sharon Tloczynski complained about blighted and garbage-infested properties in the 300 block of South Seventh Street. She also said Shamokin has a bad drug problem.